LOS ANGELES (August 26, 2013)--Linda Ronstadt, who had one of the finest voices of the pop era, says now she "can't sing a note" because she has Parkinson's.
She told AARP Magazine she was diagnosed with the disease eight months ago, but said she began showing symptoms as far back as eight years ago.
She said she didn't immediately connect the dots to Parkinson's and says when she lost the ability to sing, she thought it was because of a tick disease.
Then when she got hand tremors, she thought it was the aftermath of a shoulder operation.
Ronstadt said she was "completely shocked" when she finally learned what was causing the problems.
She said she "wouldn't have suspected that in a million, billion years."
Ronstadt sold tens of millions of records starting in the 1970s.